Forgotten capital The Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, has been slow to attract the international luxury hotel brands that have been swamping neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam over the past couple of decades. InterContinental was in first, back in 1997, the same year that Raffles Hotels and Resorts reopened the grand old Hotel Le Royal. The only major international hotel to appear since then has been the Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, which opened in 2010. Quite a few independent boutique properties have cropped up in recent years, though, with the latest being the Sun & Moon Urban Hotel. This 80-room property promises "an inspired blend of art, design and comfort in a new hospitality concept" by capturing "the vibrance, soul and energy of the Cambodian capital in every way". It also seems to be reclaiming the 1970s - a horrible decade for Cambodia - with a bold colour palette of bright orange, beige and aqua blues, and an appealingly kitsch rooftop pool area evoking happier times that might have been. It's a shot in the arm for the Phnom Penh hotel scene, and one of the most stylish hotels in Southeast Asia. Pay a virtual visit at www.sunandmoonhotel.com.
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Deal of the week Swire Travel is offering good package prices for the Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa, on the central Vietnamese coast. Entry-level guest rooms are offered from HK$3,520 for a two-night stay (per person, twin share) with daily breakfast, while ocean-view rooms are only slightly higher at HK$3,690. One-, two- and three-bedroom residences are priced from HK$4,390, HK$3,490 (minimum four persons) and HK$3,090 (minimum six persons) respectively. These prices will be available until the end of August, then drop slightly from September 1 to October 31. An HK$800 per room-night surcharge will be added from March 25 to 29 and from April 28 to May 3. A HK$1,000 flight surcharge will be applied from March 23 to 27, and a HK$270 flight surcharge added from July 8 to August 24. For further details and reservations, go to www.swiretravel.com.